2018 Alumni Awards

The 2018 Alumni Awards recognise and honour alumni of Australian educational institutions in Papua New Guinea who have made outstanding contributions to their profession, community, and country through their exemplary leadership, integrity, innovation, and hard work. Supported by the Australian High Commission in PNG the awards are distinguished honours for those who are an inspiration through their local, national, and international network and achievements.


Nominations reopened and now close on 28 February 2019. Nomination forms are available below. The finalist will be announced in March 2019. Awards winners are expected to benefit through increased attention to their public profile and the valuable networking opportunities that arise from receiving international recognition.


Highlighting the significant contributions made by Australian Alumni in PNG, the Alumni Awards extend and nurture the people-to-people links between Australia and PNG. As advocates and ambassadors for Australia as an excellent “education destination”, winners serve as an example for prospective Papua New Guinean students wishing to pursue studies in Australia.


Award Categories

All nominated alumni should, in addition to category specific requirements, support and build links between Australia and Papua New Guinea while maintaining a commitment to the principles of gender, disability, and social inclusion. Moreover, the degree of difficulty of their achievement and efforts invested, along with the magnitude and significance of the resulting impact will be considered. Achievements are judged on the nominee’s role as an individual or as part of a group or organisation.


Alumni of the Year

Awarded to an individual whose visionary leadership inspires others through innovation and best practice at the local, national, or international level. Having demonstrated ethical leadership and professional integrity s/he is a beacon for the next generation of alumni.


Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award

Celebrating achievement in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship this individual is making an outstanding contribution to society through the creation of a successful enterprise; new ideas, design or products in their industry; innovative research; or outstanding entrepreneurial leadership.


Australia High Commission Women in Leadership Award

The award is for a woman who embodies the principles of fairness, equality, equity and leadership. Her contributions to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment through leadership, decision making, women’s economic empowerment and ending violence against women and children are inspirational.


Young Leader Award

This award recognises the achievements by an alumna/us under 35 years whose integrity, initiative and innovation are founded on a strong commitment to PNG’s development. The individual exemplifies the best attributes of today’s youth.


Community Service Engagement Award

An award for exceptional leadership in civic, cultural and charitable, or volunteer involvement the winner will have made a demonstrable contribution to their community at a local, regional, national, or international level.


For more information please email alumni@australiaawardspng.org.

Download Nomination Form